Robotaxis equipped with cruise technology resume operations with the assistance of safety drivers on the road

Cruise, a leading autonomous vehicle company, is gearing up to relaunch its robotaxis in Phoenix after a temporary halt in operations following an accident last October in San Francisco. The fleet will initially consist of two robotaxis with safety drivers behind the wheel.

Although Cruise started its service in Phoenix in 2023, the company has plans to expand its robotaxi service to other parts of Arizona, including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. However, there is no specific timeline provided for resuming operations in San Francisco, where Cruise’s headquarters is located.

The company has been under increased scrutiny since the accident last year, where a pedestrian was injured after being hit by one of Cruise’s robotaxis. The incident led to the California DMV revoking the permit that allowed Cruise’s robotaxis to operate without a safety driver. As a result, Cruise temporarily ceased operations nationwide, and key executives, including CEO Kyle Vogt and chief product officer Daniel Kan, resigned from their positions.

Despite these challenges, General Motors remains a strong supporter of Cruise, with significant investments in the self-driving technology startup. GM, along with other investors such as Honda, Microsoft, and Walmart, has shown continued commitment to Cruise’s development and growth.

As Cruise prepares to relaunch its robotaxis in Phoenix, the company faces the task of rebuilding trust and confidence in its technology and safety protocols. The successful deployment and operation of its robotaxis will be crucial in proving the viability and potential of autonomous vehicles in the future of transportation.

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